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Two deputies on leave, woman charged with running fraudulent legal practice



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Kimberly McAfee Pruitt (click for larger version)

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Chadd Musgrave (click for larger version)
May 10, 2014
Two Forsyth County Sheriff's deputies were placed on paid leave and a North Forsyth woman was arrested on several charges related to a fraudulent legal practice.

Kimberly McAfee Pruitt, 42, of Forsyth County, was arrested on May 9 by Forsyth County Sheriff's detectives.

Pruitt is being charged with forgery in the first degree, felony theft by taking, exploitation and intimidation of disabled or elderly adults and unauthorized practice of law.

The Forsyth County News reported that Pruitt worked for an attorney and went to some of the attorney's clients to offer to provide services and took their money without authorization. Pruitt never provided legal services and accepted more than $20,000 in fees.

In a news release, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said detectives received a complaint that Pruitt was involved in fraudulent practices. After an investigation, a search warrant and arrest warrants for Pruitt were obtained, the release said.

Pruitt remains in custody at the Forsyth County Detention Center.

Pruitt's bond is set at $18,535. Pruitt's husband, Chadd Musgrave, was also arrested during the execution of the search warrant for possession of a sawed-off shotgun, a felony.

Musgrave is also being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center, and his bond is set at $11,110.

As a result of the investigation, two Forsyth County Sheriff's Office deputies were placed on administrative leave on May 9 as part of the investigation.

Of the two deputies that were placed on administrative leave, one was returned to full duty last week and the other, Rick Clark resigned on May 12.

Sheriff Duane K. Piper requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) assist in an investigation regarding the deputies involved in this case.

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    not surprised
    May 12, 2014 | 03:42 PM

    i'm not at all surprised that FoCo deputies were involved in this. the sheriff's organization, as a whole, is corrupt and money hungry.

    Dak Prescott
    FoCO
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    What the HECK ?
    May 17, 2014 | 04:55 PM

    You write that two officers are on leave but then just let it go ? How is that not a story! Can we PLEASE find out what they are accused of! What kind of reporting is this ? I can not believe you would just let a story go like this .. This is NOT a service to the general public when you have ZERO transparency as to why Deputies are put on leave .. I get that its under investigation, and we all know how that ends but what are they under investigation for ! ! Did you not take basic journalism in school ?

    Mike Helms
    Cumming
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    Silly, Ignorant Comments
    May 19, 2014 | 08:53 PM

    It's absolutely silly to state the entire Sheriff's Office is corrupt and money hungry. As an impartial Forsyth County resident it appears as soon as the sheriff's office was made aware of the allegations,they took action and made arrests. What else do you expect?
    We in this nation need to quit blaming and painting everyone with a broad brush. Every organization is at risk for employees to make bad decisions- sometimes illegal ones.
    Just ignorant- enough said!

    George
    Cumming
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